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GCWA Temporary Change to Water Disinfection

Gulf Coast Water Authority

The City of Galveston has posted an announcement from the Gulf Coast Water Authority (GCWA) regarding a temporary change in the water disinfection process.

The change will take place April 11th through the 25th, 2022. GCWA says this annual maintenance routine is needed to maintain water systems operated by GCWA, and the Galveston County communities it serves.

The temporary change helps to prevent taste and odor problems that can occur during the hottest months of the year. This is a common industry practice for preventative maintenance in drinking water amd transmission systems. The environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) endorse and support this procedure.

As part of this process water districts will flush their systems by opening fire hydrants. Residents may notice discoloration or cloudiness in the water. The water may temporarily have a different taste or odor. GCWA says these conditions are temporary and harmless, and remedied by fire hydrant flushing.

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